Sebring 2012

For the past several years I have been heading to Florida in the middle of March to attend the annual Sebring 12 hour sports car endurance race, and to take lots of pictures.  This year, I hooked up with my nephew Garrick, and his friends Sebastian, Jason, Paul, and Rob.  Sebastian and Jason had set up a camp site late Thursday evening, so we had a place to crash and hide out in the shade during the hottest portion of the day.  The great thing about these guys was that everyone except Garrick was a photographer, so we spent quite a bit of time comparing photos and talking gear.

This year, I wanted to shoot primarily with my Tamron 200-500mm lens (with a crop format sensor, this equates to 300-750mm in 35mm-speak).  The lens is plenty sharp for most purposes, but it is very slow to auto focus.  To get around that, I pre-focused to approximately where I intended to trip the shutter, meaning the lens did not have to do too much mechanical adjustment when the time came.

Also, shooting with a lens that long is like trying to look at the world through a straw.  The work around I developed for that was to actually keep both eyes open, with the camera’s viewfinder to my right eye, while my left eye gave me a broader view of approaching action.   Most of the time I use this lens mounted on a tripod or a monopod, but some situations call for handholding the lens, like the closeup of the cockpit area of this car leaving turn 5.

Unlike prior years, I stayed at the track for the entire race.  Dusk-into-night racing presented some unique photo opportunities, and I think I got one of the best shots of the day at nearly 8pm between turns 5 and 6.  This time I shot with the Nikkor 70-200mm and the ISO boosted to 600.  Notice the light reflection on the driver’s face mask.






A First Step …

Well, this is my first, halting step into the Blogosphere.  I have been trying to get this site up for some time, but being ignorant of most things “web-ish”, it has taken me over a year to get this far.  I have been working from a book by Rafael ‘RC’ Concepcion, tiltled Get Your Photography on the Web, but even that was a pretty heavy lift for me.  I hope that in the very near future, my friend Brian will be able to spend a couple of hours with me making the site more presentable.

In the mean time, I have set up a Gallery tab from this page, from which you can access three initial gallery collections.  I will be adding new materials directly to this blog page, and will be assembling new galleries as I get new images to show.

So, welcome ….